Jane Eyre In the book, Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Bronte, one of the main characters is named Jane Eyre. From what I read, my understanding of Jane Eyre is that she is a girl who is trying to find love. It`s not that she’s needy, but with every event that took place in the book, who can blame her? She’s parentless, miserable “I cry because I am miserable. ” (Bronte 18), and the people whom she was placed with didn’t care for her much. Mrs. Reed didn’t allow Jane to socialize with her own children “Don’t talk to her John: I told you not to go near her: she is not worthy of notice.
I do not choose that either you or your sisters should associate with her. ” (Bronte 23), John Reed would abuse her, and others looked down upon her. One event that had occurred was when John Reed abuses her by throwing a book at her. This caused Jane’s patience to be at the edge. “Wicked and cruel boy! ” (Bronte 7) “And if anyone asks me how I liked you, and how you treated me, I will say the very thought of you makes me sick, and that you treated me with miserable cruelty” says Jane. (Bronte 34) After Mr. Brocklehurst had visited Gateshead, Jane couldn’t take Mrs. Reeds lies anymore.
Before this, Mrs. Reed spoke to Mr. Brocklehurst about how deceitful and how bad Jane was. Here, Jane had the courage to stand up for herself. She’s able to be blunt with how she feels and she’s not afraid to tell everyone the truth about Mrs. Reed. But later on in the story, after she attends the all-girls school called Lowood, she changes slowly. As she spends eight years at Lowood, she learns many things. Although at first, things didn’t work out. During her first couple of months there, it was hard for her to fit in. For one, Mr. Brocklehurst embarrassed her in front of all the girls.
When a girl is put on top of a pedestal, and someone of high importance is speaking down upon them, of course they would be embarrassed. At Lowood, she learned that they were to be kept plain and simple. Curls were not allowed, and hair was cut short. Jane didn’t like this at all, but later on she conforms. She changes and begins to conform into the society that she is put into. Finally, the day that she leaves Lowood, she finds a job as a teacher at Thornfield Hall. As she settles, you can tell that she is no longer the same Jane Eyre she was 8 years ago. I dressed myself with care: obliged to be plain-for I had no article of attire that was not made with extreme simplicity. ” (Bronte 102) When Jane was younger, she wanted to get even with those who have wronged her. “When we are struck at without a reason, we should strike back again very hard; I am sure we should-so hard as to teach the person who struck us never to do it again. ” (Bronte 57) She always questioned why Helen Burns wouldn’t speak back to the teachers for always yelling at her. She questioned Helen why she didn’t fight back.
In which Helen responded with “Love your enemies; bless them that curse you; do good to them that hate you and despitefully use you. ” (Bronte 58) Later in the novel, Jane is changed and she doesn’t have the urge for revenge and does not talk back or disagrees with those who are in charge of her. She shows respect and praise for those who are higher than her. “I don’t think, sir, you have the right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have. ” (Bronte 142) In my opinion, I was able to understand Jane Eyre clearly.
With every word she said, I could feel the emotion behind it. I was about to picture every little detail and any situations that pertained to her. Characters that gave her a hard time, I disliked them whole heartedly. But for those characters that helped her in any way, or treated her the way she should have been treated, they gained my respect and love. She is vital to the story because she is the main character and the story is about her. Character #2: Edward Rochester Edward Rochester in the book, Jane Eyre, is a Character that you continue to love regardless of his mistakes.
It goes to the point where you would want Jane to stay by his side when you know she shouldn’t. His past has been holding him back, he’s suffered bitterness and this guilt that he feels is his poison. “Dread remorse when you are tempted to err, Miss Eyre: remorse is the poison of life. ” (Bronte 144) When He first meets Jane Eyre, his attitude towards her wasn’t very nice. When I first read about what the other Character had to say about him, I thought he was a gentleman, up until he began to speak with Jane. “He has gentleman’s tastes and habits. ” Says Mrs.
Fairfax (Bronte 109) When he began to have conversations with Jane, I was able to see that he’s rather abrupt “He is very changeful and abrupt. ” (Bronte 134), blunt, and is very doubtful. “Adele showed me some sketches this morning, which she said were yours. I don’t know whether they were entirely of your doing; probably a master aided you. ” (Bronte, 131) Of course Jane defended herself and showed him the sketches, in which he responded that he didn’t like most of them. But as the novel progresses, you see that Mr. Rochester starts to open up to Jane, rather quickly.
He opens up to her as if they were old time friends and he wanted to share his burdens with her. “I know it well; therefore I proceed almost as freely as if I were writing my thoughts in a diary. ” (Bronte 144) I never expected Mr. Rochester to open up so easily because of how he acted around her in the beginning. In my opinion, when I found out that he was already married to Bertha Mason, I was really disappointed in him. I really wanted Jane and him to have their happily ever after, after their marriage but it was interrupted by the news that he was already married.
When Jane decided to leave him, I felt pity towards him. But I’m just glad that at the end, he and Jane were able to work it out. They both deserved that happy ending. Mr. Rochester is significant to the story because he is the character that uplifts Jane. He is the character that provides Jane with the love that she’s been looking for. Theme #1: Religion “That proves you to have a wicked heart; and you must pray to God to change it: to give you a new and clean one: to take away your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. ” (Bronte 30)
This quote is significant because this quote can be in the point of view of many. Like Mr. Brocklehurst, and Mrs. Reed. Yes, their intentions are right in saying this to Jane, but how they delivered the message was wrong and it frightened Jane. Mr. Brocklehurst kept putting down Jane and it caused Jane to not want to listen to him. “God help me! ” (Bronte 328) This quote is significant because it shows that Jane looked for “aid to one higher than man. ” (Bronte 328) She knew she couldn’t do it on her own and out came the words “God help me! involuntarily. Symbol #1: In my opinion, I think the Red room (The room that she was locked into after she had an argument with John Reed) symbolizes her struggles that she’s facing in life. Struggles such as love, religion and money. She had a struggle of her own in the red room, and even though she isn’t physically in the red room, she still thinks about it. The red room comes as flashbacks whenever she is going through a current situation that she’s having difficulty in.